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National Juice Slush Day – May 17, 2023

Commemorate the frosty pleasure known as juice slush on National Juice Slush Day, celebrated annually on the third Wednesday in May. This year, it takes place on May 17. Juice slush has existed for decades, if not millennia, since it was made by adding fruit juice to freshly collected snow. For centuries, the royal courts of the world brought down recently fallen snow from the mountains and filled the tops with crushed berries and mashed fruits. More lately, large brands have taken the lead in producing juice slush, which has become popular among kids on lunch breaks.

History of National Juice Slush Day

Slushes have a fascinating history as well; the current form we enjoy today was developed in the 1950s by chance when a restaurant accidentally stored some soda in the freezer. When the freezer door was opened, the soda was found to have a slushy consistency. The rest, as they say, is history. The drink has since evolved into the tasty iced beverage that we all know and love today.

Even though juice slushes are available everywhere, the genesis of National Juice Slush Day can be traced back to a single firm, Cool Tropics. Cool Tropics and its well-known juice slush brand Welch’s make the best use of this day with large-scale marketing activities that reach across the country. This popular school beverage, which is especially popular during the warmest days of spring and summer, is flavored with real fruit juice and does not contain any artificial colorants.

Starting as an equipment firm selling frozen slush, Cool Tropics changed its focus in 2008 to offer a healthier alternative to a childhood favorite: frozen yogurt. As a result, a convenient 100 percent juice slush pouch is created (no equipment required). K-12 students were the appropriate target audience for these nutritious new offerings because of the color, joy, and excitement they brought to the table. They were perfect for menus, field trips, and other special occasions.

National Juice Slush Day timeline

1950
The Juice Slush Machine

The modern juice slush machine as we know it is invented.

1965
Licensing Contract

7-Eleven strikes a licensing contract with the ICEE Company to distribute the drink under specific circumstances.

1970
Slush Puppie

Cincinnati’s Will Radcliff invents the Slush Puppie after finding the slush machine at a Chicago trade show.

2018
National Juice Slush Day

In the United States, the first National Juice Slush Day is held.

National Juice Slush Day FAQs

Does salt go into a slush?

Salt reduces the melting temperature of the water. When you add salt to ice cubes, they will last longer in the freezer. Drinks that are frozen in the presence of salt-infused ice will become slushies, as the salty ice will reduce the temperature of the liquid.

Who was the first to come up with the slushie?

In the late 1950s, Omar Knedlik devised equipment that could produce frozen drinks. Because his soda fountain had broken down and he had to keep his drinks cool in the freezer, Knedlik had an epiphany and came up with the concept of the slushed ice drink.

What is the content of a slush?

It is similar to a granita but has a more liquid mix. A slush (also called slushie) is a type of beverage that is made of flavored ice and a drink, most frequently soda.

National Juice Slush Day Activities

  1. Buy a juice slush

    The best way to celebrate the day is to buy a juice slush. You can try different flavors that you have not tried before and see which one you like the most.

  2. Make a slush

    Make your own juice slush instead of purchasing one from the store. Slushes are a great way to cool down on a hot day, and they’re a lot easier to make than you may think. Just search online for recipes you like.

  3. Make an interesting combination

    Record yourself making an interesting juice slush combination. You can use ingredients that you think may go together. Recording yourself or your friends trying it out and posting it on social media using the hashtag #NationalJuiceSlushDay can encourage others to do the same.

5 Fruits To Add To Your Juice Slush

  1. Orange

    You can add orange to your juice slush and make a slush that you will enjoy.

  2. Apple

    If you like apples, you should add them to your juice slush.

  3. Grape

    A grape slush is a good way to cool down on a hot day during the summer.

  4. Mango

    If you are a fan of mango, you can add it to your slush.

  5. Mixed berry

    If you have a bag of mixed berries, you can add them to your slush to get your preferred flavor.

Why We Love National Juice Slush Day

  1. It’s refreshing

    Adding ice and water to your preferred fruit juice concentrate produces a delightful drink that can be consumed quickly on a hot day. The ice-cold beverage is sure to leave you feeling cool on a hot day.

  2. Health benefits

    Juice slush can have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties depending on the fruit used. This drink’s antioxidants will aid in the prevention of disease. It’s packed with nutrients to keep you going during the sweltering summer months.

  3. Get your fruits in

    You may easily consume your five daily servings of fruits and vegetables by drinking juice slush. Their high fiber content helps to keep our digestive tracts in excellent condition. Minerals and vitamins, particularly vitamin C, are abundant in them as well.

National Juice Slush Day dates

YearDateDay
2022May 18Wednesday
2023May 17Wednesday
2024May 15Wednesday
2025May 21Wednesday
2026May 20Wednesday

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